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ARE YOU PLANNING A TRAINING OR CONFERENCE?

ARE YOU PLANNING A TRAINING OR CONFERENCE?

In addition to regular seminar tours, SES provides "in-house"  training to a variety of groups in government, as well as the public and private sectors.  Many of these are by request and are customized to meet the educational needs and demands of the organization.  If your  municipality, state surveying society or company is planning a training or conference,  full day and half day seminars or workshops may also be selected from the following topics.  If you don't see a topic of interest, please contact us to discuss your plans.

Below is a list of available seminars and workshops. "Full Day Seminars and Workshops" may be one or two days in length.  The "Short Presentations"  may be one- to four-hour "mini-seminars" suitable for half-day sessions, banquet talks or similar presentations.

Please follow the link below to download the catalogue for your consideration. Companion Resource Notebooks from many of these seminars and workshops are available from our bookstore.

Click here to download the Seminar & Workshop Catalogue

Short Presentations

Short Presentations

Click here to view one-  to four-hour presentations, suitable for half day workshops, seminars, after-dinner banquet topics.
One- or two-day Seminars

One- or two-day Seminars

Land Records Outside the Court House
Land Records ResearchPhilosophy of research, sources of documents, types of documentary evidence, case studies, document analysis, and the use of documents in court as evidence and as exhibits. One or two days.
Locating Historical Rights-of-WayA study and review of easements, their creation and termination, reversion rights, and ways as fee or easement. Evidence as to the existence, location, size and limitation of rights of way, with emphasis on historical and ancient ways.
Micrososms and Original SurveysMicrososms and Original SurveysA Microview of Colonization in America: Microcosms are things that are a small version of something much larger, or sometimes called a “little world.” Scientifically they are known as smaller systems seen as representing larger ones. This program will focus on some of the more obvious microcosms of surveying, such as a property corner, a stake or post, a boundary line, or even a called-for abutter which may be a troublesome entity . This seminar will suggest possible techniques for solutions and will present a study of small settlements and communities including small, stand-along subdivisions, minor societies, and individual colonies, some of which may have used unique, and even unorthodox customs and procedures. Studying some of these systems will offer insight as to how to understand different methods of land tenure, conveyancing and surveying. A discussion on how things began, later methods attempting to improve them, and how they may affect the land surveyor, perhaps even being misleading will lead to a lively discussion. Many of these concepts will be applied to Dealing with Ancient Ways on DAY TWO.
Mills, Mill Rights & Mill PrivilegesMills, Mill Rights & Mill PrivilegesMills were once an essential part of life and, of the thousands that were built, relativelyfew remain active. Remnants of many of these mills and water ways can still be seen. In the field, do you find old mill foundations or evidence thereof, dam sites and iron work when surveying along bodies of water?  In your research, do you encounter such terms as "flowage rights", "mill privilege" or "mill dam"?  All of these may have a serious impact on the property being researched and surveyed as well as the rights of the property owners and the abutters.  This seminar reviews the history of mills and mill sites, types of mills and evidence of concern to the surveyor.  A number of actual cases, both from court records and regular practice, will be reviewed.  A field trip is planned to a nearby mill site, weather permitting.
Overcoming Problems in Land Records ResearchThis seminar covers what to do about gaps in chains of title, stumbling blocks and “dead ends”. Pertinent records outside the court house, unrecorded deeds and other sources of important information are discussed. Forensic techniques for dealing with altered, difficult to read, and faded documents are also covered.
Peripheral Concerns for the Land SurveyorThis presentation focuses on those hidden dangers and mysterious events that don't always make themselves obvious in the surveyor's normal research process. Discussion includes representative cases, examples, and laws governing such things as mill sites, church and school lots, cemeteries, ferry landings, public reserves including roads, and other important title and boundary concerns.
Proper Preparation for A Boundary RetracementProper Preparation for A Boundary RetracementOne Day Seminar: Inadequate preparation for boundary retracement often leads to gross inefficiency - causing needless return visits to the site or to sources of information such as the court house (known as "doing more research").   This seminar presentation explores the thought process of properly evaluating the project to attempt maximum efficiency.  Numerous items and the reasons for their inclusion are discussed, such as available maps, historical accounts, various tools, and adequate record research, among many others.
Resolving Conflicts of EvidenceA one-day presentation analyzing the types of conflicts of evidence, and a discussion of rules for the resolution of those conflicts. Included are conflicts between documentary, physical and parol evidence, and the effect of occupation and possession independent of record title.
Retracement of Land BoundariesA one-day presentation examining retracement procedures in searching for field evidence. In addition to technical approaches, discussion includes the legal rules governing their application, and stresses the importance of finding existing evidence.
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